Editor's note: The Inter-Mountain's annual Comfort and Joy series will continue in each edition leading up to Christmas.
"This money goes to feed and clothe and provide all kinds of different services to people in the community within Peterborough", said Johnathan Sharp, Kettle co-ordinator with the Salvation Army.
Hughes said one of the main reasons in the drop in kettle donations is that Kmart, one of the organization's 24 bell-ringing locations, closed earlier this year. This year, together we collected more than 216,000 cans (and still counting!) at our locations. "It's been a struggle, but the community has been supportive".
The Christmas Kettle Campaign is actually $9 million behind its national fundraising goal of $21 million.
They've been contributing to the cause for over 20 years. Funds collected stay local and help families in need at Christmas and all year round.
With many helping hands and after days of collecting, sorting, and organizing the Salvation Army carefully made sure gifts were given to the right families and no child was left behind.
"There are many families that are hurting", Wood said.
"Some of our individual kettles have increased, from an individual kettle base from a year ago", Hughes said. Things can be expensive and this helps us out a lot.
"We were doing fine until about last week", Hughes said. "We also appreciate the groups that adopted the angels". "We got started earlier this year, getting publicity out for people to ring". And 6.3 million households didn't know where their next meal would come.
"It's really rewarding", Wolfe Sr. said.
The Salvation Army's Christmas Kettle Campaign has put out an urgent plea for donations as they are still 25 per cent away from their $310,000 goal.